Thursday, October 10, 2013

October 7, 2013

Dear Family,

That is so great that your adventure in Canada all went well.  And that Mom didn't get sick on the sea plane.  That sounds really cool.  I thought all your pictures were really cool!  Thanks for sending me some!  I will be able to send all of mine from this week because I think I only took 4.  Sorry I am still so behind on sending those.  They take a long time to send :/  But I did get your package and letter with the stuff from Estee.  Thank you all so much for it!  It was great to receive :) Thanks for the oil vials and stuff and the lovely tie and the candies.  I also loved Jake's letter.  It was so funny how he described his whole comicon adventure.  Something about how nerdy it was and how the Unicorn City centaur had some nerdy thing.  I have the picture of him with the weird centaur guy hanging up because I think its so funny.  Make sure to thank Estee for her art stuff. Tell her that I am going to try to hang up some of her pictures she sent up because they are so beautiful :).

That is really fun to hear about Estee really turning the corner with math and stuff!  That is great news!  Hopefully she starts to get more comfortable with soccer but thats really funny that she headed the ball!  Poor thing :)  Also great news to hear about Jake!  I've decided learning a language is the hardest subject; it is one of those things that demands that you change your way of thinking, not just learning how to do things. I think I understand him pretty well though :) Is he still liking cross country?  That is super cool that he did it and will finish! It is also great to hear about Abby, in her email she kinda told me a little about the week and how crazy Saturday was for her haha.  That is also great news that she is going to morp too!  I am happy for her and for all my siblings! I love them all so much and just really want them to excel in everything they do.

Unfortunately I was unable to eat a cinnamon roll on cinnamon roll day, but I did have some apple pie at a members house.  I did not know that the Swedes were the one's that invented the cinnamopn roll! Cool! That is fun to hear that you put the baptism on facebook haha.  Did you guys know that H&M is a swedish company? There are seriously so many of them. They're all over the place. 

That is awful to hear about the Utah State game! I feel bad for Chuckie Keeton :( I have a feeling that could be a major problem for them. Stupid cougars.....but good I guess to hear that Utah kept it close with UCLA!  That is not good to hear that Wilson threw 6 picks though! How is the offense doing? Is the defense weak or pretty solid? That is cool to hear that Michigan dominated, but seriously poor Jerry Kill.  That would be really hard!  I heard from somewhere that Reggie Bush with the Lions is really doing great, is it true? And how are the Tigers doing?

I am doing good though.  I feel like all my problems stem from the language.  It really is better but it is still very frustrating to sometimes not being able to understand people. I can speak pretty good still and am trying to remember all the grammar stuff which I am continually learning but usually I can communicate pretty basically with people and get an idea of what they are talking about which is really cool to think that 3 months ago all I knew was yes and no.

So here is how the week went:
Monday- For p-day the highlight was going to a very swedish restaurant cafe thing.  We all wanted to get the lunch buffet of bread (with cheese and butter as is traditional in Sweden), soup, and then cake.  I ate sooooo much, my stomach was huge for a long time and we didn't even eat dinner because we were still full.  I wanted to get my moneys worth so I had like half a loaf of bread, 2 big bowls of their soup, and then like 6 pieces of their cake.  It was really good though.  Just so you know my weight that I had gained from working out in the MTC is gone and I weigh exactly what I weighed before I not much has changed I think.

Tuesday- We had our last district meeting with the people from our district because transfers were this week.  We lose 4 of our members and so for lunch that day everyone brought something to eat.  We brought chili, and then others brought cornbread, a delicious pear drink, and cinnamon bread with vanilla sauce for dessert.  I also found out today from some college students that we were helping move that college in Sweden is absolutely free. Also until just a few years ago anyone from around the world could come and study there for free as well.  Now you have to be a citizen to get the free education.

Wednesday- It was a weird day.  We built bunk beds (and moved our old beds out of our apartment) for the new elders that will be living with us and that took forever and then we also got to meet the sister missionaries who we are splitting the area with.  They are cool and it should be good to have another set of missionaries in our area!  

Thursday- We had some pizza at a members house and one of the pizzas had shrimp on it!  It was pretty good.  Swedes like to have weird things on their pizza haha.  We went and talked to the young men in the ward about our missions and it was really cool and they all said they were going to serve missions too.  It was super cool to talk with them all and midway through I sorta realized how much people looked up to us just because we are missionaries.  Kinda weird almost but a cool privilege and responsibility.  After we had American "fika" (fika is like Swedish snacks or refreshments) and so we were wondering what exactly we were going to have but we got to have root beer floats!  It was really good :)

Friday- The new elders who live with us got here.  They are both going home in December.  One of them was just barely one of the assistants to the president and is from England.  I hung up the UK flag on the wall and I thought that grandpa would enjoy seeing it.  We also got to play some basketball!  Unfortunately I was slipping around but it was still fun :)

Saturday- We got to watch the Saturday morning session live (so it started at 6 PM).  It was super good to watch.  

Sunday- We basically watched conference all day.  We watched priesthood session from 11-1 our time and then Saturday afternoon session from 2-4 our time and then the Sunday morning session live from 6-8 our time. So we just need to watch the Sunday afternoon session sometime during the week.  Priesthood reminded me of the great times I had going with Dad to watch priesthood and either before or after going and watching all the awesome football games that were on (or in the Spring all the march madness that was on).  I can't wait to do that again and with Jake!  It was funny here because all the missionaries buy conference candy to eat.  So I also did that and it was funny because we all had so much candy!  Swedes love their sweets (especially ice cream :) ).  I was thinking I was going to write some of my favorite talks that I most enjoyed, but looking through my notes I feel like I enjoy them all!  Conference is such a wonderful and neat thing!  Anyway love you all and miss you all!  Have great weeks!  I am doing great here and thank you for your many prayers!  


Äldste Ward  

Aldste Allsop (Aldste Ward's companion) working so hard!
Pic of all the rocks they are had to dynamite because they are going to be building something there.  It isn't too far from where we live or the church so when we hear them blow up the rocks the buildings shake!

A pic of a coke and a note we left for an investigator we have because the door to his work was locked when we tried to visit him (his boss is a member and said we could drop by when he is working there) We aren't too sure if he got it though...

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